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Local marshal becomes bomb specialist

September 06, 2000

Local marshal becomes bomb specialist



Former Deputy State Fire Marshal James M. Woods left his local job Wednesday to become a full-time member of the State Fire Marshal's bomb squad, according to a press release.

Woods worked for the Western Maryland Regional Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal in Hagerstown. His job was to respond to emergencies involving explosives that arose during his normal fire inspection and investigation duties.

"We will miss Jim's professionalism and his energy. The bomb squad is getting a good man," Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Mark Bilger, western regional supervisor, said in the press release.

A bomb technician since 1993, Woods has been a fire investigator/fire inspector in the Western Region for 12 years. The Hagerstown resident joined the Office of the State Fire Marshal in 1988 after serving with the United States Secret Service and the Military Police.

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He graduated from the Western Maryland Police Training Academy and the Hazardous Device Schools of the FBI and the Department of Defense.

He is an adjunct instructor at the Western Maryland and Frederick City Police Training academies, where he has taught explosives and fire investigations to more than 2,000 students, the press release said.

As a full-time bomb technician, Woods is now based at the Bomb Squad's Office in Linthicum, Md. and will investigate explosives incidents statewide.

It will be his job to perform inspections of explosives storage facilities as well as sites which use explosives for demolition.

"Deputy Woods has been an outstanding resource in the Western Region and I feel that the entire state will benefit from his contributions as a full-time bomb technician," State Fire Marshal Rocco J. Gabriele said in the release.

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